Wendy Ashlee Coleman
Copyright Wendy Ashlee Coleman 2011
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Cover Art by Bethney Cole
Bright hall lights illuminate the floors and walls of a dark room as the creaky apartment door swings open wildly causing the doorknob to ram into and dent the cheap sheet rock. A large man quickly enters and then angrily slams the door shut, making the blackness return. He shuffles around the lightlessness indiscreetly with squeaky wet shoes and a thick coat, his breathing erratic and loud. The quiet clicking of a switch on a small but intense table lamp sounds loud in the hauntingly quiet efficiency dwelling as the tall, gangly, white man plops down on a big leather couch and hunches over while grasping onto his hand. His wet hair rains water droplets on an old, poorly maintained hardwood floor as his face scrunches up in agony and subtle yet clear moaning sounds escape his clenched jaw and pursed lips. He looks down at a blood drenched rag wrapped tightly around his hand, saturated to such capacity that it has begun form big, fat crimson drops, detaching and spattering onto the floor with his every movement.